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Section A
Part 1 Q1

General Certificate of Education


Advanced Subsidiary Examination
June 2012

Physics
(Specifications A and B)

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PHA3/B3/X

Section A
Part 1 Q2
Section A
Part 2 Q1
Section B
Q1
Section B
Q2
Section B
Q3
TOTAL

Unit 3

Investigative and Practical Skills in AS Physics


Route X Externally Marked Practical Assignment (EMPA)

Section B

Written Test

For this paper you must have


l your completed Section A Part 2 question paper /
answer booklet.
l a ruler
l a pencil
l a calculator.

Instructions
l Use black ink or black ball-point pen.
l Fill in the boxes at the top of this page.
l Answer all questions.
l You must answer the questions in the space provided. Do not
write outside the box around each page or on blank pages.
l Show all your working.
l Do all rough work in this book. Cross through any work you do
not want to be marked.

Time allowed
l 1 hour 15 minutes

Information
l The marks for questions are shown in brackets.
l The maximum mark for this paper is 24.

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Section B
Answer all the questions in the spaces provided.
Time allowed is 1 hour 15 minutes.
You will need to refer to the work you did in Section A Part 2 when answering these questions.
1

(i)

Determine the gradient, G, of your graph.


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G = ...................................................................
(2 marks)

(ii)

Calculate

G2(H h)
.
H

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G2(H h)
= ...................................................
H
2

(2 marks)

Figure 7 shows the impact marks (labelled A to F) produced on a piece of paper, taped
to the floor, as a student attempts to make a measurement of x1.

ruler

600

Figure 7

paper taped
to the floor
D

590

580

E
A

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The six marks were produced by successive impacts of the same ball bearing which
was released, on each occasion, from the same point on the track and at the same
height above the bench. The ruler shown in Figure 7 was then placed over the piece
of paper and the zero graduation of the ruler was positioned level with a point marked
on the floor, directly below the end of the track.
2

(i)

Explain how, in your experiment, you located the point on the floor, directly
below the end of the track.
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(1 mark)

(ii)

Suggest why impact mark C is isolated from the other five impact marks.
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(1 mark)

(iii) Using the information in Figure 7, state and explain the measurement of x1 that
should be recorded by the student.
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(3 marks)

(iv) Calculate the uncertainty in the students result for x1. Show your working.
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(2 marks)

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3 The electrically conductive surfaces of the paper you used in Section A Part 1 have a coating
of paint containing a form of carbon (graphite) similar to that used in pencils.
Using a pencil as part of a circuit containing a single 1.5 V cell, a student designs an
experiment to find out more about the electrical properties of graphite.
3 (a)

Complete Figure 8 to show the external circuit that the student should use to
investigate the current potential difference (pd) characteristic of the graphite used in
the pencil.
Figure 8
single 1.5 V cell

crocodile
clip

crocodile
clip

(2 marks)

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The experimental results are displayed in Figure 9.


Figure 9

current

0
0
3 (b)

pd

With reference to Figure 9, explain how the resistance of the graphite is affected by
temperature.
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(3 marks)
Using the equipment used in Section A Part 1, the student then carries out
measurements on one strip of the paper with the electrically conductive surface. By
using the moveable contact shown in Figure 10, the student investigates how l, the
length of the strip, affects the ohm-meter reading.
Figure 10

ohm-meter

fixed
copper
contact

moveable
copper
contact

paper with electrically


conductive surface

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The experimental results are displayed in Figure 11.


Figure 11
50

40

30

20

10

0
0

10

20

30

40

l / cm
3 (c)

Use Figure 11 to determine the resistance per metre of the strip. Show your working.
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Figure 12 shows a cross-sectional view of the strip; the conductive layer of graphite paint is
of uniform thickness = t and the width of the paper strip = w.
Figure 12
very thin layer of conductive paint
t

paper

3 (d)

Show that R = , where R = resistance per unit length of the strip and = resistivity
wt
l
of graphite. l
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(2 marks)

3 (e)

Describe how w, the width of the conductive paper strip, can be measured and explain
how your procedure reduces uncertainty in the result.
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(3 marks)

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